What is a weed?
A weed is a plant that is growing where it is not wanted. Is a misplaced plant. A weed is a messenger. It is telling us something about the soil. And, what do we do with the messengers?
Pesticide is never going to solve the problem. Once the weed is dead using pesticides, another weed takes its place. That’s the beauty of chemicals. You use the same products to kill the same weeds, sometimes twice a year. Chemical companies advise you what to do, so you keep buying their products. It is a product driven approach. You are being forced to buy something to kill grubs, because grubs eventually kill the grass. Then, clover, and dandelions must be eliminated. All the pesticides used kill the microbiology in the soil, and displace beneficial earthworms. De-thatching is needed because the microbes are not there to decompose the dead roots that cause thatch. You need to aerate, because there are no earthworms to aerate our lawns. You need to fertilize, because there is no clover on your lawn to introduce available Nitrogen into the soil.
What Do Weeds Tells You About Your Soil?
Clover tells me there is not enough nitrogen in the soil. Dandelion, there is not enough calcium in the soil. Crabgrass appears when the soil is very sandy, or when there is compaction. Grubs are telling me I don’t have a healthy soil. If you used pesticides, or you are currently using synthetic pesticides, you have to re-apply them every single year. If you follow an organic approach you will not have instant results. You work with nature instead of against it. There is no way to have a healthy garden just by spraying pesticides eery year.
If you don’t fix the soil, nothing will get accomplished. Again, think of those weeds as a messenger and fix the problem instead of dealing with a symptom. Also, keep in mind that exposed soil is a perfect place for weeds to grow. In the Fall, I like to reseed all those bare spots to prevent non desirable plants from growing next season. Now, feed the microbes, use organic products, and enjoy your yard.